Papua New Guinea
By John Braddock, 3 August 2017
O’Neill has been returned to office with a reduced majority following an election marked by widespread fraud and attacks on democratic rights.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 29 July 2017
The election has underscored the utter contempt of the O’Neill government and the opposition parties alike for the basic democratic and social rights of working people.
By John Braddock, 18 July 2017
The electoral watchdog’s resignation is further evidence that Prime Minister O’Neill’s government is trying to cling to power through fraud.
By John Braddock, 10 July 2017
The turmoil is an expression of the explosive social tensions produced by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s government during the past two years.
By John Braddock, 23 June 2017
The poll takes place amid widespread hostility to the political establishment.
By John Harris, 23 May 2017
State repression in PNG is aimed, not only at protecting the corrupt local ruling elite, but also Australian and US corporate interests.
By John Braddock, 12 April 2017
Turnbull’s trip was undoubtedly motivated by concern over Australia’s commercial and strategic interests.
By John Braddock, 7 April 2017
The police and military operation against villagers living near the ExxonMobil plant is aimed at suppressing increasingly explosive social unrest.
By John Braddock, 10 February 2017
Security and defence analysts claim that if the summit is jeopardised, China will take advantage at the expense of Canberra and Washington.
By John Braddock, 9 January 2017
Ongoing conflicts between police and soldiers highlight the explosive social antagonisms in PNG, which are being fuelled by a deepening economic crisis.
By John Braddock, 19 December 2016
The multi-million dollar gas project is run by ExxonMobil, whose ex-CEO Rex Tillerson has been nominated as the next US secretary of state.
By John Braddock, 9 November 2016
Following a swathe of cutbacks in 2016, next year’s budget further slashes spending on public health, education, infrastructure and transport.
By John Braddock, 28 September 2016
Responsibility for the dismissal of the pilots rests with the trade unions, which claimed that individual protests would pressure the government to make concessions.
By John Braddock, 15 September 2016
The Papua New Guinea Nurses Association is now collaborating with the government to enforce ongoing attacks on the health system.
By John Braddock, 10 September 2016
The victimisation of eight students is part of the O’Neill government’s suppression of opposition to austerity measures.
By John Braddock, 25 August 2016
Protesting traditional landowners, claiming millions of dollars in unpaid royalties, disrupted vital LNG supplies.
By John Braddock, 17 August 2016
Led by falling commodity prices and sharp declines in the Pacific’s largest economies, growth across the region will fall sharply in 2016.
By John Braddock, 23 July 2016
With protests and strikes set to continue, yesterday’s parliamentary vote will not end the country’s political crisis.
By John Braddock, 19 July 2016
Ahead of a parliamentary no-confidence motion on Friday, doctors have joined pilots, maritime workers and energy workers in anti-government protests.
By John Braddock, 16 July 2016
The country’s Supreme Court ordered a one-week delay before the vote of no-confidence, giving the opposition time to gather support to bring down the government.
By John Braddock, 2 July 2016
The government’s curfews are a warning of the punitive agenda behind its Commission of Inquiry.
By John Braddock, 25 June 2016
The SRC’s perspective—limited calls for the prime minister’s removal—has brought the protest movement, at this point, to a dead-end.
By Peter Symonds, 20 June 2016
The struggle in Papua New Guinea for basic democratic rights and against austerity and war can be based only on the fight for socialist internationalism.
By John Braddock, 16 June 2016
Students at the University of Papua New Guinea defied a court order and instructions from the university administration by refusing to return to classes.
By Peter Symonds, 14 June 2016
The latest crisis in PNG is a harbinger of the worsening social and economic crisis and sharpening geo-political tensions wracking countries throughout the Pacific region.
By John Braddock, 13 June 2016
Opposition politicians are using the corruption scandal in a bid to bring down the government but are just as committed to austerity measures.
By John Braddock, 11 June 2016
Behind the protests over allegations of corruption lies an immense social crisis caused by the collapse of the economy.
By John Braddock, 8 June 2016
About 2,000 students and staff are currently being held by police at the University of Technology in Lae, the country’s second largest city.
By John Braddock, 27 May 2016
Police were called in to suppress month-long protests by students over Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s refusal to step down from office.
By Patrick Kelly, 8 January 2016
The decision marks a setback for Australian imperialist interests in its resource-rich former colony.
By Will Morrow, 16 July 2014
China was not publicly mentioned during Abe’s visit, but commentators said the trip was a signal to Beijing.
By Patrick O’Connor, 31 May 2014
An official report into the death of an Iranian asylum-seeker and the serious injury of others in the Manus Island camp exonerates the Australian government and its agencies.
By Mike Head, 27 February 2014
The government is intending to whitewash the assault on refugees, while exploiting the death and injuries to deter asylum seekers from trying to reach Australia.
By Patrick O’Connor, 22 February 2014
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has effectively welcomed the killing of a 23-year-old refugee as a “deterrent” to others thinking about seeking asylum in Australia.
By Mark Church, 19 February 2014
The horrific incident underscores the barbarism of the “border protection” regime defended by the entire Australian political establishment.
By Alex Messenger, 9 August 2013
Refugees cannot be genuinely protected and settled in PNG, given the extraordinary levels of poverty that beset most of the country’s people.
By Patrick O’Connor, 30 July 2013
The proposal to reopen Australia’s post-World War II naval and air base is another indication of rapidly escalating geo-strategic tensions in the Asia-Pacific region.
By Patrick O’Connor, 13 May 2013
The new arrangements are aimed at aligning PNG more closely with the US-led strategic confrontation with China.
By Mike Head, 21 January 2013
The PNG prime minister accused BHP Billiton, the world’s largest mining company, of having a “colonial era mentality”.
By Patrick O’Connor, 6 December 2012
As well as emphasising the centrality of PNG’s relations with Canberra and Washington, O’Neill used his Australian trip to curry favour with the mining giants.
By Patrick O’Connor, 30 July 2012
Michael Somare and Peter O’Neil spent the previous 12 months locked in a bitter power struggle that split the military, police force and state apparatus.
By Mike Head, 10 July 2012
The disruptions have cast doubt on the hopes of the de facto prime minister, and his backers in Canberra and Washington, that the elections would end months of political instability.
By Patrick O’Connor, 2 June 2012
The illegal Australian-backed government has engaged in further desperate manoeuvres and authoritarian measures to remain in office.
By Patrick O’Connor, 25 May 2012
The attempted prosecution of the chief justice on sedition charges is in retaliation for the Supreme Court’s recent confirmation that the O’Neill government remains in power illegally.
By Patrick O’Connor, 11 April 2012
Thousands of people protested yesterday in the capital Port Moresby against the government’s bid to delay national elections scheduled for June.
By Patrick O’Connor, 27 March 2012
The O’Neill government is attempting to consolidate power by suppressing its opponents within the judiciary.
By Oliver Campbell, 4 February 2012
Lax safety standards and overcrowding appear to have contributed to the loss of life.
By Oliver Campbell, 28 January 2012
Local residents said blasting related to Exxon-Mobil’s nearby liquefied natural gas project may have contributed to the disaster.
By Patrick O’Connor, 27 January 2012
The unresolved constitutional crisis reflects the intensifying rivalry between the US and China that is fuelling instability throughout the Asia-Pacific.
By Zac Hambides, 21 December 2011
O’Neill now has the support of the state apparatus, including the military and police, and the governor general, in addition to his parliamentary majority.
By Zac Hambides, 17 December 2011
Canberra’s preoccupation with the events in PNG is driven by deep concerns about growing Chinese involvement in what it has regarded as “its backyard.”
By Zac Hambides, 15 December 2011
The impasse in Port Moresby reflects the political volatility being created throughout the Asia-Pacific region by the Washington’s aggressive drive to counter Chinese influence.
By Mike Head, 19 November 2011
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By Mike Head, 17 November 2011
Despite an Indonesian government-backed police ultimatum, the 8,000 striking miners are continuing to man the blockades that have brought production to a halt since September 15.
By Will Morrow, 16 November 2011
The violence is an expression of the extreme poverty that wracks the former Australian colony.
By John Mackay, 29 September 2011
The planned closures have been strongly condemned by Australian health professionals and the World Health Organisation who fear that it will lead to an increase in multi-drug resistant or MDR-TB, already prevalent in PNG.
By John Roberts, 10 September 2011
The lack of agreement between Jakarta and Papuan organisations was quickly underscored by a spate of violence and protest rallies in Jayapura and other towns.
By Will Morrow, 20 August 2011
The detention centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea was part of the previous Coalition government’s infamous “Pacific Solution” in which refugees languished for years.
By Patrick O’Connor, 30 July 2011
The High Court will next week hear the appeal of the former Solomon Islands attorney general, who has waged a five year battle against the Australian government’s attempt to prosecute him on what he alleges are “politically motivated” statutory rape allegations.
By Zac Hambides, 27 November 2010
The main concern of the Australian government has been to close its borders with PNG, while providing minimal aid to the people of its former colonial possession.
By Zac Hambides, 27 November 2010
The main concern of the Australian government has been to close its borders with PNG, while providing minimal aid to the people of its former colonial possession.
By Patrick O’Connor, 13 March 2010
The report is further confirmation of the provocative character of the witch-hunt waged by the Australian government against the international and constitutional lawyer.
By the Victoria University of Wellington ISSE, 16 November 2009
In a blatant attack on democratic rights, two former university students were arrested when they attempted to deliver a petition to the administration of Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) in New Zealand on October 21.
By Richard Phillips, 13 November 2009
By reaching a deal with Colombo—that is, with the regime responsible for the oppression of Tamils—the Australian Labor government is legitimising its police state measures and nullifying the basic right of all people to seek asylum under international law.
By Mike Head, 13 November 2009
Despite objections by defence lawyers, highly-prejudicial and untested prosecution evidence was released to the media in Australia’s latest large-scale terrorist trial.
By Laura Tiernan, 12 November 2009
The Democratic Socialist Perspective will dissolve itself into the ailing Socialist Alliance electoral front in January 2010. Modelled closely on France’s New Anti-capitalist Party, the DSP is making a pitch for allies in official bourgeois politics, above all the Greens.
By Alex Messenger, 11 November 2009
The corporate press claims that the Australian financial system has survived the global financial crisis because of good regulation and sound banking practice. In truth, Australian banks only survived because of unprecedented government intervention.
By Patrick O’Connor, 10 November 2009
Defence counsel for former Solomon Islands’ attorney general Julian Moti issued its closing submission to the Queensland Supreme Court on Friday.
By Richard Phillips, 9 November 2009
The Rudd government is intensifying its pressure on 78 Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers aboard the Oceanic Viking to disembark and enter Indonesian immigration detention centers.
By Frank Gaglioti, 7 November 2009
Tensions between Fiji and the two regional powers, Australia and New Zealand, intensified further this week after Suva expelled two top diplomats for interfering in the country’s internal affairs.
By Mike Head, 7 November 2009
Throughout the oil spill crisis, the Rudd government has been preoccupied with protecting the image and profits of the multi-billion dollar offshore drilling industry.
By Terry Cook, 7 November 2009
About 190 professional engineers at Qantas voted by 98 percent to take industrial action after seven months of negotiations for a new work agreement failed to resolve issues over pay and working conditions.
7 November 2009
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By Patrick O’Connor, 6 November 2009
Hearings over the past two days have been dominated by two key issues—Australian complicity with lawyer Julian Moti’s allegedly unlawful removal from the Solomons in December 2007, and the staggering amounts of money paid to members of the alleged victim’s family.
By Laura Tiernan, 6 November 2009
The photograph published in yesterday’s press of John Faulkner, the Defence Minister in the Australian Labor government, draping an honorary Order of Australia around the neck of General David Petraeus, speaks volumes.
By Wije Dias, 6 November 2009
The plight of Tamils living in intolerable conditions in Sri Lanka has been brought into sharp relief by the tragic drowning of 12 Tamil asylum seekers attempting to reach Australia in a small vessel.
By Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 4 November 2009
The tragic drowning of 12 Sri Lankan Tamils northwest of the Cocos Islands on Sunday is another grim reminder that the election of the Rudd Labor government in November 2007 has changed nothing for refugees and asylum seekers.
By Patrick O’Connor, 4 November 2009
In Queensland’s Supreme Court, defence counsel for former Solomon Islands’ attorney general Julian Moti condemned Australian authorities for “bringing the administration of justice into disrepute”.
By Mathew Benn, 3 November 2009
A rally called by the Refugee Action Committee to protest the Labor government’s callous treatment of refugees was dominated by futile appeals for “compassion” from Prime Minister Rudd.
By Mike Head, 3 November 2009
The Rudd government’s Fair Work Ombudsman and Qantas are seeking fines, multi-million dollar compensation
By Richard Phillips, 2 November 2009
Two weeks after an Australian customs ship rescued 78 Tamil asylum seekers, the unresolved standoff over their future has focussed attention on the Labor government’s inhumane and illegal treatment of refugees.
By Patrick O’Connor, 2 November 2009
September marked the tenth anniversary of the Australian-led military intervention into East Timor. It is also a decade since a layer of pseudo “left” groups organised “troops in” demonstrations—performing a vital service for the Howard government and the Australian ruling elite.
By Mike Head, 30 October 2009
A Muslim man faces up to 14 years in prison for sending allegedly offensive letters to the families of Australian soldiers killed in Afghanistan.
By Terry Cook, 29 October 2009
The Bridgestone closures, which end tyre production in Australasia, are part of a global restructuring of the auto industry, in the wake of the worldwide financial crisis.
By Richard Phillips, 28 October 2009
The Rudd government is planning an “Indonesian solution” paying Jakarta to incarcerate refugees intercepted while trying to reach Australia.
By M. Vasanthan, 28 October 2009
All the plantation unions, including those that initially opposed it, have effectively fallen into line behind a deal that binds workers to poverty-level wages and productivity speed-up for the next two years.
By Mike Head, 22 October 2009
Following one of the longest jury deliberations ever recorded—23 days—five Sydney Islamic men were convicted last week on terrorist “conspiracy” charges.
By Patrick O’Connor, 21 October 2009
Justice Mullins concluded that the police and prosecution’s failure to disclose all the relevant documents on time meant that defence’s cross examination of the prosecution’s witnesses could not proceed this week.
By Patrick O’Connor, 20 October 2009
Australian Federal Police agent Peter Bond was cross examined yesterday in the Queensland Supreme Court case brought by former Solomon Islands’ attorney general Julian Moti.
By Richard Phillips, 17 October 2009
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s response to the Tamil refugees is completely predictable and reflects the views of the entire political establishment, from the crisis ridden Liberal-National coalition to the corporate media and the unions.
By Patrick O’Connor, 17 October 2009
On Thursday morning, Moti’s counsel Jim Kennan SC explained that in the previous 48 hours, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) had handed over more than 1,500 pages of documents.
By Chris Ross and John Braddock, 16 October 2009
Over the past two months, workers in New Zealand have faced an intensifying barrage of attacks on their jobs, wages, and working conditions.
By Patrick O’Connor, 15 October 2009
The Queensland Supreme Court resumed hearings yesterday on the application by former Solomon Islands’ attorney general Julian Moti, for a permanent stay of proceedings in the attempt by Australian prosecuting authorities to try him on charges relating to statutory rape allegations that were discharged by a Vanuatu magistrate in 1998.
By Terry Cook, 13 October 2009
A recently released report by Australia’s Productivity Commission into CEO salaries has opposed any significant restraint on the multi-million dollar remuneration packages.
By Richard Phillips, 12 October 2009
In line with the previous Liberal-National coalition administration, the Australian Labor government has begun deporting refugees it claims do not qualify as asylum-seekers.
SEP public meetings in Sydney and Melbourne
8 October 2009
The SEP/ISSE meetings will discuss the historical lessons of World War II. That terrible conflagration was not inevitable. It was above all the product of the treachery of Social Democracy and Stalinism, which betrayed the working class and enabled capitalism to survive the revolutionary convulsions of the preceding period.
By Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 7 October 2009
Since its election in November 2007, the Rudd Labor government has escalated Australian military involvement in the Afghan conflict. Just as Afghanistan is now referred to as Obama’s war, so it has become Rudd’s war.
By Tom Peters, 7 October 2009
In absolute terms the number of people affected by the tsunami in Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga is small, but, per capita, the level of destruction is enormous.
By Alex Messenger, 5 October 2009
Revelations arising from the murder of Sydney loan-shark Michael McGurk highlight links between NSW Labor and an underworld of property moguls and violent criminals.
3 October 2009
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